Title: American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century
Overall Rating: A
Source: The Library of America
Playing Time:  Unlimited
Date: 1994
Cost: $36.10 http://www.opengroup.com/open/lxbooks/155/1559405589.shtml
Number of Players: 1
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: CD-ROM
Subject Area: Poetry/Literature
Objectives: To acquaint student with American Poetry and authors
Brief Description: Includes poetry of well-known 19th century American poets,
as well as ballads,folksongs, Native American poetry and poetry from some not so well known authors.
    Entry Capabilities Required: Basic

    Rating: (1-5)

         Relevance to objectives: 5 - Very thorough and encompassing material covering not only the poetry, but also including 6 hours of audio readings, biographical sketche and easy to find  and browse through indexes. Very nicely cross-referenced so that the student can locate by poet, topic, first line, or word.
         Provides practice of relevant skills: 5 - Allows the student to highlight information or lines of interest, as well as the capability to make notes in the margins, and mark pages for later referencing.
         Likely to arouse/maintain interest: 5 - Due to its flexibility, it will keep the student interested because they have so many options available to them.
         Likely to be comprehended clearly: 5 - It is very clearly laid out and easy to follow.
         Technical quality: 4 -There are not a lot of graphics, just a soft picture in the background, but graphics might be distracting -- maybe?
         Game: No winning or losing.
         Simulation: N/A
         Evidence of effectiveness : N/A
         Clear directions for play:  Directions for use are concise and straightforward.
         Effectiveness of debriefing: N/A

    Strong Points: It is very thorough and easy to browse through. Great for casual reading or for doing an indepth study by poet, subject (ie: ballads, etc.) or topic (ie: nature, romance, etc.)
    Weak Points: Perhaps stronger graphics, although I personally would not need them.
    Reviewer: Laura Austin
    Position: Student, Professor Betrus Educ 410. SUNY Potsdam
    Date: 9/23/98
    Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.